Emanuel's top financial aide tied to indicted ex-comptroller [Chicago Tribune]
(Chicago Tribune (IL) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Sept. 05--A Tribune examination has found that Lois Scott, who is Mayor Rahm Emanuel's chief financial officer, had close business ties to indicted former city comptroller Amer Ahmad before she recommended the mayor hire him.
More than 700 pages of emails the Tribune obtained through an open records request provide new insight into Scott's recommendation and business dealings with Ahmad.
Before he arrived at City Hall, Ahmad served as Ohio deputy treasurer and awarded Scott's firm $165,000 in bond business. After Scott joined the Emanuel administration, she selected a firm that employed Ahmad's onetime boss, former Ohio treasurer Kevin Boyce, for hundreds of thousands of dollars in city bond work.
Boyce, too, recommended that Emanuel hire Ahmad. That backing came more than five months after he learned that federal authorities in Ohio were investigating his office, records show. A subpoena sought, among other things, the cellphone records of Boyce and Ahmad.
After Ahmad was indicted last month, questions arose about how he got his job and how the Emanuel administration vetted him. The mayor has said he didn't know about Ahmad's federal problems until the charges surfaced.
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